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Tips for Decoding Rosacea Terms

Some articles about rosacea, particularly those reporting results of scientific studies, may contain unfamiliar medical terminology. Here is a list of some frequently used rosacea terms and their meanings.


  • Blepharitis: Inflammation of the eyelids.


  • Chalazion: A lesion on the eyelid due to plugging of the meibomian glands.


  • Edema: Swelling from abnormally large amounts of fluids in the tissues.


  • Erythema: Abnormal redness of the skin.


  • Flushing: Transient redness of the face and neck.


  • Ocular: Relating to the eyes.


  • Papule: A small, dome-shaped elevation of the skin, which may also be inflamed.


  • Phymatous: Enlarged due to the growth of excess tissue.


  • Plaque: An elevated patch on the skin, which may also be red.


  • Pustule: A small soft elevation of the skin filled with a white substance.


  • Rhinophyma: Enlargement of the nose with excess tissue.


  • Telangiectasia: Tiny blood vessels visible through the skin.